The sons of a woman who was killed in a car accident last December involving singer-actress Brandy have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the performer. This is the second wrongful death lawsuit filed against the singer in connection to the accident.
Brandy had been driving the SUV that collided into the Honda being driven by Awatef Aboudihaj, 38, on a San Diego freeway. The woman died as a result of the collision, and her parents filed a $50 million wrongful death claim against Brandy last month.
This second lawsuit is being filed on behalf of her two sons, Kareem Mohamed, 10, and Mrwan Mohamed, 14, both who will allegedly “be forever harmed by the loss of their mother.” Damages will be decided during the trial.
Brandy, whose real name is Brandy Norwood, has not been criminally charged for her role in the accident, although California Highway Patrol investigators are recommending that she be charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. If she is charged and convicted, the singer would have to pay a $1,000 fine and spend up to a year in prison.
Brandy is a Grammy award-winning singer who began recording music at 14. She also formerly starred on the television show “Moesha.”
In order to file a wrongful death claim, you have to establish the following:
· There is evidence that could justify grounds for a wrongful death case
· The victim died because of another’s negligence
· You can identify the person or entity to blame for causing the wrongful death
Survivors who are directly related to the deceased are allowed to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This includes, parents, spouses, children, and grandchildren.
Each state has a different statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death suit. Damages can be filed for a number of losses, including the loss of the decedent’s companionship, any income (including benefits, financial support, inheritance) that may have been received by survivors had their loved one not been killed, and punitive damages intended to punish the defendant for their negligent actions leading to death. These damages are separate from any prison time or fines that a defendant may be sentenced to in criminal court for the same accident.
Filing a wrongful death claim can be a very stressful and complex process, and it will be important that you retain the services of an experienced wrongful death attorney who can help you.
At Lebowitz and Mzhen, our wrongful death lawyers have a successful track record when it comes to helping people recover damages for the loss of their loved one. Please contact Lebowitz and Mzhen if you have lost a love one because someone else was negligent. We represent clients throughout Washington D.C. and Maryland. Contact Lebowitz and Mzhen today.
Another Wrongful Death Lawsuit, Miami Herald, February 23, 2007
Related Web Resources:
The Personal Injury Lawsuit Filed Against Brandy By Aboudihaj’s Parents, The Smoking Gun
Injury and Accident Law Overview, Justia.com